We are pleased to announce the publication of Speech and Society in Turbulent Times: Freedom of Expression in Comparative Perspective, edited by Monroe Price and Nicole Stremlau, and published by Cambridge University Press.  This volume brings together an exciting group of authors to examine how societies are addressing challenging questions about the relationship between expression, traditional and society values, and the transformations introduced by new information communications technologies.  It adopts an eclectic approach, identifying alternative approaches to the role of speech and expression, examining how societies or communities have drawn on the ideas of philosophers, religious leaders or politicians, both historical and contemporary, that have addressed questions of speech, government, order and freedoms.  The goal is to both unpack the ‘normative’ internet and free expression debate and to deepen understanding about why certain policies and models are being pursued in very different local or national contexts, as well as on a global level.  The chapters and contributors are below.

The book is available for purchase here.

Foreword (Andras Sajo, European Court of Human Rights)

Speech and Society in Comparative Perspective (Monroe Price and Nicole Stremlau)

Part I: Revisiting International Norms

Islam, Human Rights, and the New Information Technologies (Ali Allawi, former Minister of Trade, of Defence and of Finance, in Iraq)

Closure, Strategic Communications, and International Norms (Monroe Price, University of Pennsylvania)

Part II: Dewesternizing Tendencies

Confucian Speech and its Challenge to the Western Theory of Deliberative Democracy (Baogang He, Deakin University, Australia);

From Ghandi to Modi: Institutions and Technologies of Speech and Symbolism in India (William Gould, Leeds University)

The Making of a Media System in Uganda: A New Vision and a Revolutionary Origin (Nicole Stremlau, University of Oxford and University of Johannesburg)

Neoliberal “Good Governance” in Lieu of Rights: Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore Experiment (Cherian George, Hong Kong Baptist University)

Ataturk and Contemporary Speech Lessons from the Late Ottoman and Early Republican Era

(Altug Akin, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey)

Jewish Law and Ethics in the Digital Era (Yoel Cohen, Ariel University, Israel)

Part III The West as a Progenitor and Modifier of Concepts of Free Expression

Where Should Speech Be Free? Placing Liberal Theories of Free Speech in a Wider Context (Richard Danbury, Oxford University and Demontfort University)

The History, Philosophy, and Law of Free Expression in the United States: Implications for the Digital Age (Stephen Feldman, University of Wyoming)

The Evolution of a Russian Concept of Free Speech (Elena Sherstoboeva, Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

Part IV: Technology and Ideologies in Turbulent Times

Free Speech, Traditional Values, and Hinduism in the Internet Age (Rohit Chopra, Santa Clara University, California)

Cyber-Leninism: The Political Culture of the Chinese Internet (Rogier Creemers, Leiden University)

French National Values, Paternalism, and the Evolution of Digital Media (Julien Mailland, Indiana University)

Strategies and Tactics: Re-shaping the Internet in Ethiopia (Iginio Gagliardone, University of Witwatersrand)

Part V Conclusion

Philosophies and Principles in Turbulent Times (Monroe Price and Nicole Stremlau)


About the Editors:

Nicole Stremlau is Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, at the University of Oxford and Research Professor in the Humanities at the University of Johannesburg.  She has conducted extensive research in Eastern Africa and previously worked for a newspaper in Ethiopia. Nicole is the recipient of a European Research Council grant that examines the role of social media in conflict and migration, with a specific focus on the Somali territories. Her work has appeared in journals such as African Affairs, Third World Quarterly, Review of African Political Economy and the International Journal of Communications. She is also the author of Media, Conflict and the State in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Monroe Price is an Adjunct Full Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and the Joseph and Sadie Danciger Professor of Law and Director of the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society at the Cardozo School of Law. He directs the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research in London, and is the Chair of the Center for Media and Communication Studies of the Central European University in Budapest. Price founded the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University and remains a Research Associate there.